Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Japanese Accentuation of Foreign Learners and its Interlanguage

Nobuko Yamada

Faculty of Humanities, Ibaraki University, Ibaraki-ken, Japan

This study investigates how non-native speakers of Japanese acquire Japanese accentuation, from the viewpoint of the location of the accent nucleus (AN). The data is analysed in regards to the following two features: (1) the acquisition of Japanese accentuation, and (2) the interim accentual system, which is predicted to be produced in the process of the acquisition, and called interlanguage strategies. The following conclusions are arrived at: (1) although the subjects seem to have acquired individual word accents and accentual rules to some extent and to be able to perceive accentual patterns, the pronunciation of correct accents appears to be difficult for them. Therefore, (2) they have created 10 interlanguage strategies under the strong influence of native Japanese accentuation, such as, for example, over-generalizations. (3) It appears likely that the subjects develop the applicaton of their own interlanguage strategies. (4) The application of interlanguage strategies tends to be variable even for a single word by the same subject.

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Bibliographic reference.  Yamada, Nobuko (1994): "Japanese accentuation of foreign learners and its interlanguage", In ICSLP-1994, 1227-1230.